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The End of Echoes by Dawn Hosmer: Book Review

The End of Echoes


Two families, forever linked by tragedy.
Ruby Dunkin is in an abusive marriage. Her best efforts aren’t enough to shield her two children from an abusive father whose cruelty knows no bounds. Their volatile situation ends in tragedy when Ruby’s eldest son, Billy is torn away from everything he loves. Consumed by hatred and self-loathing Billy becomes the thing he hates the most—his father.Chelsea Wyatt, a senior in high school, goes missing after work one night, never to return. Her parents are devastated, only knowing this kind of tragedy from the news. Crimes like this are unheard of in their quiet, midwestern town. Consumed by the tragic fate of their friend, family member and neighbor, their lives and futures are forever altered.For over eighteen years, no one knows the connection between Ruby Dunkin and Chelsea Wyatt. A journey through time reveals the common thread stitching their heartbreak together. Yesterday echoes throughout each character’s life as they decide how, and if, they will break the chains of the past.
Will they continue to leave a legacy of pain and loss for future generations? Will they break the cycles of abuse that have destroyed so many lives?

My Thoughts:

I’ve never cried so hard in my life over fictional characters with a realistic and all too real cycle of abuse that is hard to break.

Hosmer is an extremely talented writer as I learned in reading her previous work.

End of Echoes is told through multiple first-person point of views, jumps between time lines and families, and tells a heart wrenching story.

I connected to each and every single character and found myself feeling empathy for each and every one of them. The book details the journey of losing a family member in one family while learning the tragic abusive and corrosive story of another.

There are many themes in this book including loss, grief, death, addiction, depression, and a number of other personal struggles many people today face and live with. The author did such an amazing job at uniquely characterizing each person with their own struggles. It was done with such intention and such care, you were devastated reading and living with these characters.

In turn, there were other themes that brought hope to the forefront. In the darkness and struggle of each story, you also saw strength when they didn’t think they could go on, resiliency, forgiveness, and growth all the way to acceptance.

The emotional journey that I went through reading this sums up life. There is no road map and the destination is unclear. Our choices make all the difference.

I can’t say enough about this author’s talent and she’s definitely one to watch out for. I am looking forward to reading her next masterpiece.

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